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In July, CTALC welcomed 27 teacher-education third-year students from the Hong Kong Institute of Education to undertake a program of academic study and intercultural engagement based at Burwood Campus. This 13-week academically strong program is designed to incorporate development of intercultural knowledge among our staff and students, as part of Deakin University's greater goal of strengthening international partnerships in teaching and research.
Students enrol and participate, with local students, in a range of Arts and Education academic units; they undertake an Ethnography research project that is constructed to develop analytical and interpretative skills; and they spend 10 days in classroom-based professional placements in a primary school and a secondary school observing and learning teaching methods in Australian classrooms, with opportunity to engage with school-age students in the classroom.
This program offers an intellectually stimulating educational experience - one that is both interdisciplinary as well as anchored in core disciplines - so as to develop the professional and vocational skills that are essential in the workplace of the 21st century.
Study Abroad students enjoy homestay accommodation; and they are offered ongoing pastoral support, and have access to free weekly on-campus English Language conversation activities and online interactive resources.
At the end of the program, students receive a Certificate of Completion from Deakin University and return to their home country feeling culturally enriched and having achieved credit points toward their home-country degree.